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Observed a Pied Cormorant, Phalacrocorax varius, perched on an inlet/outlet pipe covered with wire mesh on my walk to work this morning. This bird was larger than the other Pied Cormorants I have spotted on and around the lakes, with a more brownish black colour to its feathers. I suspect that these smaller black and white cormorants were Little Pied Cormorants, Phalacrocorax melanoleucos.

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I recently observed a Pied Cormorant perched on a sign next to the lake I pass by on my walk to work.

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Photos of a male Australian Bush Turkey on top of a nesting mound near my building at work.

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A selection of photographs taken in November of water dragons in and around the lake I walk past on my walk to work.

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Yesterday as I went for a walk around my work during my lunch break I observed a male Australian Bush Turkey, Alectura lathami, digging in the middle of a large nesting mound which was over 50cm high. The bird’s head was deep in the mount picking at twigs and leaves. It raised its head every ten or so seconds to look around. Leaves and twigs were scratched from the mount with its clawed feet.

On Monday afternoon as I left for the day I also made a similar observation of a Bush Turkey digging in a nesting mound.

Both nesting mounds are within 100m from my building.

I have frequently observed Bush Turkeys walking around the grounds, scratching in flower beds and perching in trees.

When I was a kid, living in a country town amongst rainforest, Bush Turkeys were a commonly seen bird. But I still find it unusual to find what I thought was a more rainforest inhabiting bird, in the middle of the city and in quite large numbers.

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Photos of water dragons observed around the lakes at my work last week and this week.

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The last few days I have had the chance to observe and photograph water dragons lying amongst the mauve and yellow fallen flower petals beneath flowering trees near the lakes onmmy way to work. I thought, “how interesting!”

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